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Oldman Pass and Koshko Sno*Parks
Old man Pass and Koshko Sno* Parks are located at 3,040 feet and 3,080 feet elevation respectively. These Sno*Parks offer 40 miles of cross-country ski trails and Old Man Pass offers a snowplay area for sledders and tubers. Featured trails include Hardtime Loop, Oldman and Scenic Loops, Trail 150, and Valley Ski Trail 151. There are no Snowmobile trails in this area.

From Stevenson, travel three miles east on SR-14 and turn left on Wind River Highway (Forest Highway 30) to Carson. Travel 24.4 miles north of Carson to the Oldman Pass Sno*Park; or a nother half-mile to the Koshko Sno*Park. Oldman Pass has parking for 40 vehicles and Koshko has parking for 60. Both sites have toilets. Wind River Highway is plowed by Skamania County, however, snow tires are recommended, and all vehicles should carry chains and a shovel.

Hardtime Loop: Hard Time Loop is an excellent 11 mile cross country touring trail offering flat and rolling terrain ranging in elevation from 2,980 feet to 3,240 feet. Start from the Oldman Pass Sno*Park ski down Trail #148 -- (Oldman Loop) -- clockwise to the intersection with Forest Road 3054. Turn left (West) and continue on Forest Road 3054. Clear- cuts offer small hills for practicing skills. A viewpoint offers a spectacular view of Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams. This loop will be groomed and ski tracks set. Alternate: You may also start from the McClellan Meadows Sno*Park - Forest Road 3053.

Oldman and Scenic Loops: These trails may be skied a number of different ways. Oldman Loop is an easy 1.2 miles trip through the forest, with rolling hills and flats. This section of the trail is groomed and offers skiers a surprising view of Mt. Adams. The Scenic Loop is for more experienced skiers taking skiers 5.7 miles through forest, meadows and clear-cuts. To avoid steep grades at Scenic Loop's north end, the loop should be skied counterclockwise. Trailheads are found at the Oldman Pass Sno*Park and at the McClellan Meadows Sno*Park. Elevation varies from 2,880 feet to 3,040 feet.

Trail #150: Trail #150 is an easy tour through the forest, parallel to the highway. It is enjoyable by itself, or when combined with other trails and loop tours. The trailhead is located across the Wind River Highway (Highway 30), opposite the Oldman Pass Sno*Park, or from the McClellan Meadows Sno*Park. The trail is 1.6 miles from Oldman Pass to Forest Road 303; 2.4 miles to the Wind River Highway crossing; and varies in elevation from 2,980 feet to 3,040 feet.

Valley Ski Trail 151: The Valley Ski Trail starts across the Wind River Highway, opposite the Oldman Pass Sno*Park. An alternate starting point is at the trail junction with Forest Road 3053. This starting point may be reached from the McClellan Meadows Sno*Park and ski 1.2 miles down Forest Road 3053. Valley Ski Trail 151 passes through forest, drops down into the Wind River Valley. Several snow bridges cross the Wind River at the bottom of the canyon. Look around and pick the best crossings for you. The trail climbs back up and meets with other trails. Recommended for skiers with good downhill/uphill skills. It is also possible to ski several different loops using this trail, connecting to Trails #148, #150, #157, or #159 using Forest Road 3053. The trail is 1.5 miles from Oldman Pass to Forest Road 3053 and 2.7 miles to McClellan Meadows Sno*Park. The elevation varies between 2,860 feet and 3,040 feet.

Additional maps: Burnt Peak and Termination Point Quadrangles

McClellan Meadows Sno*Park
McClellan Sno* Parks is located at 2,980 feet elevation and offers 40 miles of cross-country ski trails. Featured trails include Hardtime Loop; Oldman and Scenic Loops; Trail 150; Valley Ski Trail 151 - see descriptions above - and McClellan Meadows Trail 157; and Terminator Trail 159. There are no Snowmobile trails in this area.

From Stevenson, travel three miles east on SR-14 and turn left on Wind River Highway (Forest Highway 30) to Carson. Travel 25.5 miles north of Carson and turn right into the McClellan Sno*Park. There is parking for 30 vehicles and the site offers a toilet. Wind River Highway is plowed by Skamania County, however, snow tires are recommended, and all vehicles should be carry chains and a shovel.

McClellan Meadows Trail 157 McClellan Meadows Trail 157 is a 4.6 miles in length and varies in elevation between 3,040 feet and 4,200 feet. The trail is a very difficult trail because of its length, steep grades and a no bridge stream crossing. The trail head begins 1.5 miles from the Sno*Park down Forest Road 3053 and terminates at 4,000 feet elevation at its junction with Forest Road 65. An alternate loop is possible using Trail #157, Forest Road 65 and Trail #159. This 14 mile alternate tour is for experts in good condition, using a map and compass.

Additional maps: Burnt Peak and Termination Point Quadrangles

Terminator Trail 159 This 3.8 miles trail is recommended for experience skier wishing to test there skills while they gain 1000 feet in elevation along the trail. The trail head begins 1.5 miles down Forest Road 3053 from the Sno*Park at the end of the road. Mount St. Helens may be seen just before passing into the forest near the beginning of the trail. Another viewing opportunity is available at the trail's terminus by skiing 0.25 miles along Forest Road 6507. An alternate loop tour is possible using Trail #159, Forest Road 65 and Trail #157. This 14 mile tour is for experts in good condition, using a map and compass.

Additional maps: Burnt Peak and Termination Point Quadrangles

Rush Creek Sno*Park
Rush Creek Sno* Parks is located at 3,030 feet elevation and offers 15 miles of ungroomed cross-country ski trails/snowmobile trails. There are no cross-country ski-only trails. There are no facilities. Featured trails include Unname Trails. Motorized vehicles are not allowed in the adjacent Indian Heaven Wilderness. Violations may result in fines up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

From Stevenson, travel three miles east on SR-14 and turn left on Wind River Highway (Forest Highway 30) to Carson. Travel 27.8 miles north of Carson and Forest Road 6507. There is parking for 10 vehicles and the site offers a toilet. Wind River Highway is plowed by Skamania County, however, snow tires are recommended, and all vehicles should be carry chains and a shovel.

Unnamed Trails This moderately used trail begins at 3,040 feet elevation and includes 90 plus miles of unplowed Forest roads open for riding. Trail starts at both the Rush Creek and Lone Butte Sno*Parks. When accessing unplowed roads from Lone Butte Sno*Park, snowmobilers are asked to use the trail from the parking lot rather than riding on the plowed roadway. Most Forest roads are interconnecting and a number of routes can be taken. Carry a map and plan for return trip to the Sno*Park. From Lone Butte Sno*Park, Forest roads lead to the Sawtooth Mountains, where cross-country travel through the Sawtooth berry fields is possible. Many other trips can be taken, including loop rides and travel into the Mt. Adams Ranger District. The Rush Creek Sno*Park is a starting point for travel into the Wind River District; within a short distance it opens up into a large clear-cut area that is good for new operators or children. After reaching Forest Road 65, turn south and travel to Forest Road 60, which brings you back north onto the Mt. Adams District. The Rush Creek bridge is out on Forest Road 65, so connecting back up to the Forest Road 30 is not possible.

Additional maps: Lone Butte Quadrangle

Lone Butte Sno*Park
Lone Butte Sno* Parks is located at 3,140 feet elevation and offers 80 miles of ungroomed cross-country ski trails/snowmobile trails and 90 plus miles of snowmobile trails. There are no cross-country ski-only trails. Facilities include a toilet and ashelter with wood stove. Featured trails include Unname Trails - see description above. Motorized vehicles are not allowed in the adjacent Indian Heaven Wilderness. Violations may result in fines up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

From Stevenson, travel three miles east on SR-14 and turn left on Wind River Highway (Forest Highway 30) to Carson. Travel 29.1 miles north of Carson and Forest Road 3032. There is parking for 50 vehicles and the site offers a toilet. Wind River Highway is plowed by Skamania County, however, snow tires are recommended, and all vehicles should be carry chains and a shovel.

Government Mineral Springs Sno*Park
Government Mineral Springs Sno* Park is located at 1,400 feet elevation and offers miles of cross-country ski trails.

From Stevenson, travel three miles east on SR-14 and turn left on Wind River Highway (Highway 30) to Carson. Travel 14 miles north of Carson; turn left on Government Mineral Springs Road. Sno*Park permits are required to park in this area. Vehicle parking capacity is 10. There are no facilities.





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